Introduction: <i>Looking for Agents of Urban Livability in a Globalized Political Economy</i>

Peter Evans

in Livable Cities?

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780520230248
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520935976 | DOI:
Introduction: Looking for Agents of Urban Livability in a Globalized Political Economy

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The politics of livelihood and sustainability in Third World cities has become the archetypal challenge of twenty-first-century governance. Facing this challenge requires a clear set of ideas regarding the actors that shape cities, their interests, and their ability to realize those interests. Confronting urban livability requires broaching fundamental debates on the dynamics of the contemporary global political economy. The fact remains that markets and the corporations which dominate them must play a fundamental role in urban solutions. The possibility of “green growth machines” or even “urban livability machines” cannot be ruled out, even in the Third World. An overview of the chapters included in this book is presented. These chapters point toward the possibility of constructing a general framework for understanding a politics of livelihood and sustainability that works both in Asia and in Latin America and even makes sense in an industrialized but transitional society such as Hungary.

Keywords: urban livability; sustainability; global political economy; Asia; Latin America; Hungary; Third World; green growth; markets

Chapter.  11897 words. 

Subjects: Urban and Rural Studies

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